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Schuberts Ungarische Melodien aus dem ungarischen Divertissement zu vier Händen, S425bis
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1846; facilitated version of S425, 'auf eine neue leichtere Art gesetzt'

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 32 – The Schubert Transcriptions II' (CDA66954/6)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 32 – The Schubert Transcriptions II
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
MP3 £160.00FLAC £160.00ALAC £160.00Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
Details
No 1: Andante
Track 5 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [8'28] 3CDs
Track 5 on CDS44501/98 CD73 [8'28] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2: Marcia 'Marche hongrois, second Diabelli Edition'
Track 6 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [5'50] 3CDs
Track 6 on CDS44501/98 CD73 [5'50] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 3: Allegretto
Track 7 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [5'49] 3CDs
Track 7 on CDS44501/98 CD73 [5'49] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Schuberts Ungarische Melodien aus dem ungarischen Divertissement zu vier Händen, S425bis
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By 1846 Liszt had probably noticed that his long and complex Mélodies hongroises—his piano solo version of Schubert’s Divertissement à l’hongroise—were not being taken up, except for the central March (see Volume 31). He recast the piece, making trenchant cuts and simplifying a lot of the texture. The new publication bears the German title Schuberts Ungarische Melodien, and adds the legend ‘auf eine neue leichtere Art gesetzt’ (‘arranged in a new easier manner’). Typically, Liszt’s understanding of what an amateur might find easy was compromised by the fact that he himself seemingly found nothing to be difficult. As a result, many passages are well out of the range of domestic music-making. The less weighty effect of this version gained it a brief life in concert, but sadly this version has been out of print for nearly 150 years.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

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